Homeless teen faces charges in robbery

A homeless Medford teen faces multiple robbery charges after he allegedly confronted another teenager at knifepoint at Medford Center on Monday night and stole a small amount of cash from him, Medford police said.

Eric Martin Siebold, 18, was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court Tuesday on charges of second- and third-degree robbery and possession of methamphetamine. He remained lodged in the Jackson County Jail Tuesday night on $50,000 bail.

Medford police were called to the shopping mall at about 11:45 p.m. Monday when a 17-year-old boy reported he had been threatened with a knife near Tinseltown, Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen said.

The 17-year-old told officers that while he was hanging out at the shopping center four young men approached him near the movie theater and one of them asked if he wanted to buy any pills or weed. The teen old police that he said no and told the four to leave him alone.

A short time later, one of the young men, whom police identified as Siebold, returned and demanded the boy sell pills for him if he wasn't going to buy them. The boy refused. Siebold pulled out a knife and again demanded the teen sell drugs for him, Hansen said.

When the 17-year-old again refused, Siebold forced him to empty his pockets and turn over everything he had. The teen handed over a small amount of cash, and Siebold fled, police said.

Officers quickly found Siebold and took him into custody or robbery, theft and drug charges. They determined the other young men at the shopping center hadn't been involved in the threats and robbery, Hansen said.

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